Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the state will refuse to resettle new refugees. Texas will become the first state known to do so under the recent Trump administration order.
In a letter released Friday, Abbott wrote that Texas “left Congress to address discriminatory immigration issues as a result of a broken federal immigration system.” He added that Texas, which normally takes thousands of refugees each year, has “more than its share”
“At this time, states and nonprofit agencies have the responsibility of dedicating resources available to those who are already here – including refugees, immigrants, and all homeless Texans,” says Abbott. CBS Dallas / Fort Worth.
The Trump administration announced in November that resettlement agencies should seek written consent from state and local officials in any jurisdiction seeking assistance to resettle refugees after June 2020. Governors in 12 other states have said they would agree to allow more refugees, according to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.